Pozole is a hearty soup from Mexico. Its most prominent ingredient is hominy, which gives the soup a really filling, satisfying flair. It’s a great soup for a cold winter’s night, and it comes together quickly. Don’t get hung up on the toppings–if you don’t have all of them, this soup is still great. Just don’t miss out on the hominy! (Easy to find in any grocery store.) Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook time: 8 hours in Slow Cooker Serves … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Is starting an exercise routine at the top of your New Year’s Resolution list? If so, you are not alone! Many people incorporate a fitness related goal into their list, but not everyone is able to stick with it and make it a lasting lifestyle change. Make sure you set yourself up for success from the beginning so that you can avoid burnout and truly develop a routine that you will be able to enjoy and stick with. One of … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Did your favorite blog post make this list? If not, share the link in the comments section below. 1. Keeping Potted Rosemary Healthy All Year www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/keeping-potted-rosemary-healthy-all-year/ 2. Slow Cooker Beef Goulash www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-beef-goulash/ 3. “Milanesa:” Oven “fried” Steak from Argentina www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/milanesa-oven-fried-steak-argentina/ 4. Unstuffed Cabbage www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/unstuffed-cabbage/ 5. Italian Wedding Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/italian-wedding-soup/ 6. Beef and Vegetable Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/beef-and-vegetable-soup/ 7. Meatballs and Eggplant with Fresh Mozzarella www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/meatballs-and-eggplant-with-fresh-mozzarella/ 8. Slow Cooker BBQ www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-bbq/ 9. Beef Tortilla Soup www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/beef-tortilla-soup/ 10. How to Make a Burlap Wreath … continued…

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If you’re like me, it’s bittersweet to take down your Christmas tree. We always cut our own tree but by New Year’s Eve, the tree is starting to collect dust. Ornaments are falling off since the kids have run by the tree so much. And the cats have decimated the lower hanging “fruit.” It quickly becomes evident that it’s time! So, a few years back, after hearing my kids whine about how they want the tree to stay up forever, … continued…

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Foodie Crafts Holidays Natural Farming Pam Freeman

Are warm drinks calling your name this winter? Once the weather gets cold and the evenings get dark, I struggle with wanting to just stay cozy in my house with good food and warm drinks. But before you make your next mocha, you may want to consider how many calories come with that. Sometimes warm drinks are not a lower calorie option. Use these tips to choose the best winter beverages.   1. Use skim milk. If milk is used … continued…

Cool Weather Cooking Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Arancini is the best way I know to use up leftover risotto. No one can resist these, fried to crisp golden brown with hot bolognese and mozzarella inside. These make a substantial and satisfying appetizer. The name? It means “little oranges,” which is what these look like after frying.   Prep time: 25 minutes (using leftover cooked risotto and Bolognese Sauce) Cook time: About 2 minutes per batch Makes 16 Arancini   2 cups prepared (or leftover) risotto 1 egg … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

December tends to be the month where people put exercise on the back burner because schedules are overwhelmed with shopping, parties, and other various activities. Many people think ahead towards January and commit to starting back with their exercise in full swing once the New Year rolls around. Let me challenge you to commit to sticking with exercise, even if it involves a modified routine! It will be worth it! Here are my top reasons for sticking with exercise this … continued…

Fitness Holidays Judy Eggebeen

I confess to wanting an excuse to use this cheese, a mild cheese infused with sage, pretty easy to find in the cheese cases of the big supermarkets in any town. The sage marbles the cheese with flavor and a sage green color. It is beautiful and delicious and seems so right for a holiday burger. I couldn’t resist making a red pepper spread (I bought roasted red peppers and blended them up to make this spread)–no one will miss … continued…

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Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Summer Grilling

Making “magic reindeer food” with your kids is a tradition you’ll love and will want to continue. This simple craft delights children and adults alike. It requires no special skills. And, it’s versatile. I’ve made this craft for brownie meetings and kindergarten classrooms alike. Believe me, if a classroom of kindergarteners can make this, so can you! The idea behind this craft is simple. You make food to put out for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve. Of course it’s all … continued…

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Foodie Crafts Holidays Pam Freeman

This holiday season don’t forget to leave time for some healthy, new traditions. Here are some great ideas for gifts, spending time with family and friends, and tips for staying active.   1. Give gifts that promote healthy eating: • Cooking tools • Water bottle • Cooking class • Fruit basket (with good fruit!)   2. Choose gifts that encourage physical activity: • State park entrance pass • New shoes • Gym membership • Pedometer • Yoga mat and DVD … continued…

Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques